There are many events where real performing bloggers or entrepreneurs get to meet each other, and you can listen to them to witness their success stories and personal mantras of life on how to succeed in achieving your goals. International conferences and seminars of such type take place on grand stages to welcome imminent successful people from all over the world.
SaaStr Annual is one of such mega event and the most preferred conference that everyone like to sponsor. The reason is simple; it gives the sponsor the opportunity to immerse and widen its knowledge horizon for consecutive three days by witnessing networking and learning speeches from some of the best speakers for the SaaStr industry. Now, if we look for its reason behind being most sought-after event, it is that the event hosts incredible line-up of speakers and sponsors that include entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, founders, CEOs, bloggers, and many more. No doubt, it is the best platform to be able to know some of these profound industry personals and speakers in person though you can also follow them on Twitter. As there will be multiple sessions it will be difficult to attend every conference. So to ease out your selection process, we have selected top 10 speakers whose industry experience and success stories you will enjoy for sure and will learn a lot to take a lesson about carrier and life. Here we go;
1. Rachel Orston
She is the CEO of UserIQ, widely reputed and is experienced in technology world for being a pioneer in triumphant customer satisfaction. Rachel Orston has been more popular as the Vice President of Services at Silverpop Systems Inc. Ms. Orston is also the co-Founder of CoThrive, Inc. She carries fifteen years of experience of leading teams to develop and deliver large-scale technological solutions to Fortune 500 companies around the world. Before establishing CoThrive, she was working as the Global Marketing Director for EMC’s Media & Entertainment vertical, where she was in charge for executing all marketing initiatives as well as technology integration with global leading partners such as Accenture, Artesia, and Oracle, etc. Before EMC, she has also worked as Director of Operations for the Digital Media & Broadband Solutions practice at iXL Inc. She has a vast experience in building and managing engineering teams from the ground level to make them qualified for handling large-scale complex technology implementations primarily for Fortune 1000 clients.
Ms. Orston has completed her B.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University, an Executive MBA from the Georgia Institute of Technology and also own a certificate in project management from the Project Management Institute. She has the profound experience in launching and marketing new products for some of the world’s most renowned and famous software and hardware brands including Microsoft, Sony, and IBM. In today’s date, Rachel Orston is leading UserIQ towards helping SaaS companies to get a tight grip and strength on their user adoption. She will mark her presence on Saastr annual, and you can listen to her at Studio C stage on Wednesday, Feb. 7 as she will talk in details about her book “The Fundamentals of User Adoption: What Changes and What Doesn’t as You Scale.” You can follow her on twitter, and her id is @rachelorston.
2. David Skok
He is another famous limelight drawer that you should barely miss. He is the founder and five times entrepreneur-turned Vice chairman of Matrix Partners. David Skok has started his career with his first company in 1977 at a young age of 22. Since then David has founded four different companies and has performed on excellence level beyond imagination level. Three of these companies went public.
David joined Matrix from Silver Stream Software that he founded and established in 1996. Until the acquisition by Novell in July 2002, Silver Stream was a public company that had reached a revenue bar of $100M, with 800 employees and branches in more than 20 countries all around the globe.
David’s work as a value added investor is popular for his ability of helping many start-up companies to make a successful stand. Few such beneficiary companies are HubSpot, JBoss, AppIQ, Tabblo, Netezza, Diligent Technologies, CloudSwitch, TribeHR, GrabCAD, OpenSpan and Enservio. David is currently performing as a board of director for multiple companies like Atomist, CloudBees, Conductor, Digium, Meteor, namely, Salsify, Storiant, VideoIQ, and Zaius. He is also responsible for establishing a new company in the name of “forEntrepreneurs.com,” an informative blog providing the insight and tactical advice for raising funds and building a successful corporate stand in the market. You can follow David’s motivational and success mantra to gain knowledge about real-world situations and to get advice on how to create and handle start-up company hurdles. You can also get an insight to SaaS product sales & marketing. It is highly recommendable to attend his conference at SaaS where he will discuss on tits and bits about “Zero to $50M – A Roadmap of the Key Stages, and How to Win at Each Stage.” Do follow him on Twitter at “@bostonVC.”
3. Harry Stebbings
He is another widely reputed entrepreneur, the founder and host of “The Twenty Minute VC” podcast. He is currently just 20 years old and has position of VC/EIR at the global giant company called “Atomico.” Recently, Harry Stebbings has announced his plans to exit from his current role and to venture towards starting his very own funded company with legendary investor, Fred Destin, from Accel.
Harry is the Founder and MD of The Twenty Minute VC, the world’s largest independent venture capital podcast with over 100,000 loyal listeners having partnerships with Mattermark and Product Hunt and welcoming guests from over 200 venture capital firms including Accel, Kleiner, GV, Google Capital, Founders Fund, Andreessen, Y Combinator, Benchmark, Index, etc. Harry has interviewed more VC’s than anyone has ever done. If to be quantified, 835 will be the exact number. His overall mission is to inspire the whole next generation of founders, and VCs. His hosting podcast with Jason Lemkin at the SaaStr podcast created a huge fan following. Jason Lemkin is also a fellow person who has written some well-known books on the technology world. Do make sure to attend Harry’s conference to listen to some of his most successful and inspiring success stories from SaaS founders, CEOs, VCs and VPs on his podcasts. Note: Make sure to check out Harry Stebbing’s this year show “SaaStr Podcast Live!” With Momchil Kyurkchie, the chief executive officer of LeanPlum. You can also follow him on Twitter, where he posts valuable info about his ongoing and upcoming podcasts at @HarryStebbings.
4. Aaron Ross
Aaron Ross is a well-known personality and highly respectable member of SaaStr Annual alumni. He is known for his works as a consultant, speaker, and author of “Predictable Revenue” and is a co-author of Jason Lemkin book named “Impossible to Inevitable.” Aaron Ross is also the author of the best-selling book “Predictable Revenue: Turn Your Business Into A Sales Machine With The $100 Million Best Practices Of Salesforce.com” (called the “Sales Bible of Silicon Valley”). He has co-founded PredictableRevenue.com, a software & consulting company that emphasizes on increasing outbound sales, based on the Cold Calling 2.0 outbound process. It is popular to have added $100M+ extra revenue for Salesforce.com. Aaron Ross has graduated from Stanford University and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and nine children. His new book, with Jason Lemkin “From Impossible To Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue” is creating ripples and released in February 2015. Follow Aaron discussions and success mantras to keep up with his numerous speaking engagements on how to avoid unnecessary hindrance in making sales growth. He will discuss on a wide variety of topics related to increasing lead generation, sales, and customer success. Aaron has always been the profound member, and it will be incomplete if he didn’t return to SaaStr Annual. Do make sure to attend this year conference where he will discuss building and managing outbound sales teams with Mélanie Attia of Vanilla Forums, Scott Wong of Corral/Axia Technologies, and Mackenzie Farsheed of MindFire Inc. Make sure; you follow him on twitter to gain info about his future conferences and podcasts at @motoco.
5. Dharmesh Shah
He is an eminent personality better known as a high profile angel investor for more than 60 start-ups and also the co-founder /chief technology officer of HubSpot. Before founding HubSpot in 2006, Dharmesh was the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Pyramid Digital Solutions, which was later acquired by SunGard Data Systems in 2005.
He even co-authored “Inbound Marketing: Get Found Using Google, Social Media, and Blogs”. Dharmesh formed OnStartups.com and also wrote for it-a top-ranking start-up blog and community with more than 500,000 members.
In 2013, Dharmesh published HubSpot’s Culture Code, that garnered over 2.5 million views on Slide Share. He is well acclaimed in so many platforms and organizations. He is an active member of the Boston-area entrepreneurial community, angel investor in over 60 start-ups, and a frequent speaker on start-ups and inbound marketing. Dharmesh holds a Bachelors in Computer Science from UAB and a Masters in the Management of Technology from MIT. Dharmesh has been a regular invitee to conferences and seminars as a speaker on start-ups and inbound marketing. His astonishing personality and valuable insights to the technology world have made him one of the highly sought-after speaker in SaaStr Annual speaker forum in 2018. Do make sure to go through some of his most excellent works regarding the latest inbound marketing trends at HubSpot as well as his valuable advice for entrepreneurs those are going to open their start-up companies. You can look out for Dharmesh’s fireside chat, “Welcome To Culture Club — Here Are the Rules” along with Hubspot CPO, Katie Burke. You can also follow him on twitter where he continually updates about his recent and upcoming events at @dharmesh.
6. Ajay Agarwal
He is a well-known personality in the finance industry for being one of the largest investors in capital finance in the software industry. He is known to be the Managing Director at Bain Capital Ventures. Ajay Agarwal has joined Bain Capital Ventures in 2003, where he started investing in early-stage software with a genuine focus on front-office SaaS, supply chain and logistics, and autonomous systems. Before joining Bain Capital Ventures, Ajay was an employee at Trilogy, where he was the head of sales and marketing, and he helps them grew annual revenues to $300 million. Before Trilogy, Ajay was a consultant with the Los Angeles office of McKinsey & Company.
Ajay has Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Ajay does hold the exclusive patent for the “Method and Apparatus of Configuration Solutions.”
In Bain Capital Ventures, Ajay found immense passion in working with early-stage founders on team-building, culture, iteration of product market fit, and forming the early go-to-market operations. He still does his primary investment themes including commerce enablement, the revolution of the sales and marketing functions, and the use of big data, and machine learning to completely transform business applications. In 2012 and 2013, Ajay was named to the Forbes Midas List of Top 100 Venture Capital Investors. his primary work is to invest in early booming stage software with a greater emphasis on front-office SaaS, logistics, and autonomous systems. He is also a renowned author of “Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence” and a highly delegated professor at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Do make sure to witness Ajay astounding journey to success on the Studio C stage on Tuesday, Feb. 6 where he will discuss his work life and give valuable insight to the technology world with Marcus Ryu, CEO& President of Guidewire. You can also follow him on twitter to get updated on his recent works and the upcoming announcement of his events at @ Ajay_bcv.
7. Roman Stanek
He is a passionate entrepreneur and industry thought leader with over 20 years of high-tech experience. His latest venture, GoodData, was founded in 2007 by Czech entrepreneur Roman Stanek. Roman Stanek had previously founded and served as CEO for NetBeans, which was later acquired by Sun Microsystems in the year 1999, as well as in “Systinet Corporation,” which was acquired by Hewlett Packard in 2006. GoodData was founded in April 2007 as “Good Data Corporation” in Cambridge, Massachusetts. GoodData was bestowed with investment in July 2008 from Tim O’Reilly, Esther Dyson, and a private equity firm known as “Windcrest Partners” for a total sum of $2 million. The overall mission set by Stanek is to disrupt the business intelligence space and monetize big data. Do make sure to attend his conference where Roman Stanek speaks on “Challenge Yourself and Your Data to Do More – What I’ve Learned as a Serial Tech Entrepreneur” on the Studio E stage on day 1 of SaaStr. You can also contact or follow him on twitter, to get updated details about his upcoming events at @Romanstanek.
8. Peter Reinhardt
The name of Peter Reinhardt is popular in the aerospace industry. He is Segment‘s co-founder and CEO. He graduated in Aerospace Engineering from MIT and started a venture in customer data and analysis when he and three of his college friends started Segment. Before starting Segment, Peter used to be a Research Assistant at Naval Postgraduate School, where he was writing and designing flight software for Cubesat, a platform to tests solar cells while they’re on earth’s orbit. His started to take interest in many other fields such as thorium reactors, online education, and space travel. No wonder why Peter enjoys so much in completely immersing himself into a new field of study. He and his team have started their dream work by forming a “customer data and integration hub,” in 2011 as a part of YCombinator. Attend Peter’s conference at the Studio E stage on Tuesday as he discusses “Finding Product-Market Fit.” You can also choose to follow him on LinkedIn and Twitter, to stay updated about the recent activities and events being carried out by him and his team.
9. Tom Klein
He is one of the highly regarded marketing professionals in the e-commerce segment. His involvement in supporting start-ups to give valuable information and insight to customer relationship management have helped and inspired many to seek success in e-commerce. He is the Chief Marketing Officer at MailChimp. He has the experience of around 20 years, with some of the leading global brands, such as Yahoo, Intuit, Merrill Lynch and Heineken. Klein brought his knowledge and skill in digital marketing and branding strategy to MailChimp, a respected and high performing authority, it is not unusual that stature of such caliber as Tom Klein will be handling the marketing responsibility of MailChimp. As the Chief Marketing Officer at MailChimp, Tom was regarded as one of Adweek’s “50 Most Indispensable Executives in Marketing, Media, and Tech” in 2017, and also as the lead of 2017 Cannes Lions Cyber Grand Prix award-winning campaign. Make yourself available on the date and time Tom will be speaking about his work style and marketing strategies on “Building Customer Empathy Through Storytelling and Creativity” with Stephanie Paterik of Adweek. He is quite active in social media and a real enthusiast in new challenging marketing techniques and tools. Do follow him on Twitter at @tomklein.
10. Sara Mauskopf
A well-known personality in the technology blogging community. She is the CEO and co-founder of “Winnie”, the companion app for modern parents. As a fellow parent herself, she has been the backbone of both her family and her company. Prior to Winnie, Sara held product leadership roles at Postmates, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Winnie, and Inc.
Winnie was built to help non-tech savvy parents to find information about kid-friendly places to go with their families as well as it aims at providing general parenting topics. It contains chunks of metadata about places, giving importance to small details like changing table in the restroom, a kids menu, or a good place to nurse a baby and also provide reviews from parents who have already been to those places already. It has grown popular among parents as they are using Winnie to ask questions and share their experiences. It is safely backed by the combine power of automated data collection, duration, and crowdsourcing.
Sara has graduated with a Computer Science degree from MIT. Don’t forget to witness some of the life changing stories of Sara where she will be discussing “Secrets of Building an Engaged User Base” with Winnie co-founder, Anne Halsall, on the Studio E stage on day 3 at SaaStr Annual 2018. Also do follow her on twitter and Instagram where she gives valuable inputs about her work and family life balance, at @sm. No wonder, she is a role model for all of the women out there seeking a good work life balance.
These are some of the recognized so called “superstars” of technological world. The amount and varsity they have in their work and life are something beyond commendable. Their performance standards and industry reputation have brought a more soothing environment for those personals seeking to change the world with their technological knowledge. Everything comes with hard work, dedication and knowledge but the life stories of these celebrities will let you know on how to give a right direction to your hard work, dedication and knowledge. Only after thorough verification, we have given you our best industry personals to watch out for in this Saastr Annual Meet.
Now as you have been given the top 10 speakers it’s now your responsibility to check out other similar influencing speakers those will be presenting or conducting various seminars or conferences in Saastr Annual meet. It’s to note that UserIQ team will be one of the official sponsor at SaaStr Annual 2018. The influencing stories of these eminient speakers do clear the air about one thing and that is “The people who don’t like change or try something different are Stupid”.